Thursday, July 16, 2009

Residents oppose increased traffic through neighborhoods - Gazette

At Crossroads meeting, residents question development

by Jeremy Arias | Staff Writer | Wednesday, July 15, 2009
City residents at a Crossroads sector plan meeting Monday adamantly opposed a recommendation that would route New Hampshire Avenue traffic onto residential streets.

They also expressed skepticism at development that would make their community resemble Bethesda or Silver Spring.

Hosted by the City of Takoma Park at the Tijuana Mexican Café on University Boulevard, residents met with city officials in an effort to analyze the Montgomery County Sector Plan. The city staff will consider resident comments in drafting its official recommendations, which will be presented to the county Planning Board July 23.

Both Montgomery and Prince George's counties are developing separate but similar sector plans for the Crossroads, which includes parts of both counties and Takoma Park. The region is expected to attract businesses and redevelopment with the arrival of the Maryland Transit Authority's Purple Line, a proposed 16-mile mass transit connection.

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